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Fieldwork and outdoor learning policy

The Society advises government and other policymakers on high-quality, safe fieldwork and outdoor education for all.

We believe in the importance of working in the field at every level, from school visits in your local area to advanced long-term international research projects. The Society is an internationally renowned, independent expert voice on this area.

Anecdotal evidence has pointed to a decline in outdoor learning at the school level due to a fear of litigation after accidents and the cost of providing visits. This has become a key policy area and the society supports the Real World Learning campaign to remove barriers to out-of-classroom learning.

We advise government using the expertise of our fieldwork researchers and members. Our policy work is also informed by the first-hand experience of advising and training teachers, parents, students and youth leaders to participate in a wide range of outdoor education and fieldwork activities, as well as Parliamentary committees.

We have, and continue to, sit or act as observers on many diverse organisations including:

Out of classroom learning

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee undertook an inquiry on practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips to which the Society submitted its views. On 7 September 2011 a report on the conclusions was published by the Committee and the Government responded on 29 November 2011.

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